CASA of New Hampshire’s fall training in Dover yielded 14 new volunteer advocates earlier this month. While primarily Seacoast residents, two of these new volunteers came to us from out of state to be the voice for NH children in need. These individuals attended 5 total classes that accumulated to 40 hours of training to learn about their new role.
This training involves an overview of the court system, including learning protocols and timelines for child abuse and neglect cases. Volunteers learn tips on interacting with victimized children, how to stand up and speak in court, as well as what their resources are as CASA volunteers. During training they also get to visit the local court and are addressed by a judge who discuss what CASA means to them in their courtroom.
Due to our state’s opioid crisis, the need for caring, compassionate advocates to speak on behalf of victimized children in NH has increased marginally. Too often children are being brought into the family court system due to their parents’ addiction. In an incredibly turbulent time, they need a CASA volunteer advocate to stand for their voice in the courtroom.
Training’s are taking place all over the state through December. To view our training calendar, click here.
Pictured in group photo:Melissa Paskowski of Newburyport, MA, Elaine Thomas of North Hampton, Raymond Mark of Rye, Jim Thibault of Durham, Jenny Wojichowski of Hampstead, Jill Farwell of Berwick, ME, Linda Hladik of Hampton Falls, Roxann Walter of Dover, Peggy O’Brien of Exeter, John Romps of Dover, anonymous, Martin Waldron of Greenland, Lisa Rakaseder of Portsmouth, Tom Loureiro of Portsmouth, and Tracy Gelbstein of Hampton.
The advocates took time at the end of their training to write positive words for their future CASA case: